Coming soon to all WordPress User, the Gutenberg Editor. It is supposedly one of the biggest changes to come out on WordPress. It will change the entire editing experience for both pages and posts.
According to the homepage of Gutenberg, you can test out the new editor right now by downloading the plugin. Once the WordPress 5.0 is released, Gutenberg will be included as a package, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the new editor now.
Gutenberg has been available for roughly a year now and has reached version 3.5.0 at the time of this article. If you take a look at the Gutenberg log, you’ll notice that lots have changed since the first release. In this article, I will be talking about Gutenberg and whether I recommend it or not!
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First, let’s take a look at what others think about Gutenberg! At the time of this article, Gutenberg has a rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars and received over 900 reviews!
As you can see based on the current ratings. More people dislike this new editor compared to people that like it. That’s why I decided to check out some of these reviews to see why people like and dislike this new editor.
What People Like About Gutenberg:
- One step towards modern content builders.
- Innovation to keep up with existing website builders.
- Great UX (user experience) for those who don’t know how to code.
- Appeals to visual thinkers (like Elementor, Thrive Architect, etc).
After reading some positive reviews, I noticed a lot of them are suggestions on how to make the editor better. At the end of the day, I hope they allow the users to decide whether they want to make the switch or not.— A simple switch like our current visual to text would be great!
What People Don’t Like About Gutenberg:
As you can see the from the image above. There are far more negative reviews compared to positives and here the reasons why people don’t like this new editor:
- Someone mentioned that this editor is changing the way he views WordPress. Instead of focusing on writing content, it’s more about the design. Hence, why in his opinion, WordPress is becoming DesignPress.
- Those who are currently running websites for clients are afraid that this new editor will ruin their websites. (Lacking backward compatibility).
- Compared to existing page builders, Gutenberg is lacking lots of features.
- Content writers are not too fond of the paragraph break feature that currently exists in the editor.
Besides the positive and negative feedback, I do have massive respect for the Gutenberg developers for actively answering every single comment and being open to suggestions.
At the end of the day, there will always be people who like and dislikes the product. You can’t please everyone! During the release, I hope WordPress gives you the option to switch between editors.
The Gutenberg editor is coming soon and the impact it will have on WordPress should not be taken lightly. Obviously, we don’t know what will happen on the day of the release.
Most people are anticipating for the new editor that uses modern technology to deliver a better experience to its users. However, many people are also afraid that Gutenberg will break a lot of existing websites, plugins, etc.
At the moment, instead of letting people decide for you. Why not try it for yourself and see what Gutenberg is all about? After all, it doesn’t cost you money to use. Just make sure you backup your blog before installing this plugin. If you don’t like it, disable it and hope that WordPress will make Gutenberg optional.
What do you think about Gutenberg? Do you like it or do you dislike it? Please share your input by leaving a comment down below!